Fund runScribe on Kickstarter and Add Even More Great Features

Picture showing data metrics possible with RunScribeA funny thing happens when a lot of people sign up quickly for a Kickstarter project– the creators use the extra funding to reach for a “stretch goal,”  If you care anything about your running performance and want to avoid getting injured, you’ll want to read more and back this project! Continue reading

More Information About RunScribe

RunScribe on ShoeYesterday, Nick Pang over at the Natural Running Center had a great post on the runScribe running kinematics monitor.  To me, the great takeaway from the article was the specific data points that we should be interested in when I’m evaluating running shoes.  This is a mini-post sharing what I learned– and an idea about how to make this data even more awesome and usable. Continue reading

Product Review: Using a Compex EMS for Recovery, Strengthening, and Injuries

Compex EMS DevicesFor years and years, I’ve used and loved my Compex electrical muscle stimulators (EMS).  I use it primarily when I get injured and when I need some intense recovery that I think is somewhat comparable to a massage.  Here’s why I think they belong in every age group athlete’s bag of tricks.

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Review: The Well-Built Triathlete (Matt Dixon)

Cover of The Well-Built TriathleteIf the name Matt Dixon isn’t familiar to you, it probably should be.  He’s an exercise physiologist and coach in the bay area.  In addition to having an impressive race resume from his younger days (two time Olympic trials finalist, NCAA D1 swimmer, and a win at Vineman 70.3), he’s probably best known for founding and leading purplepatch fitness, which has led to over 150 professional Ironman and half-Ironman championships and podium finishes (including 50 wins).  His success is the result of combining and balancing four key elements– endurance, nutrition, recovery, and strength.  Get the balance right and athlete’s enter a “purple patch” in which their true performance potential comes shining through.  This is the book to help you get there too.

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Review: Garmin Virb

Garmin VirbI’ve been having some fun with the Garmin Virb that I bought to liven up this blog.  It’s been a fun week or so playing with it.  This review isn’t really intended as a full product review.  For that, I refer my dear readers to DC Rainmaker’s review of the Garmin Virb and Virb Elite.  He does a far better job at explaining products and thoroughly testing them than I ever could.  This review is intended as a supplement– my thoughts about how I can see using the Virb day-to-day and what I like and don’t like.

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Review: Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot

Cover of Heart Monitor Training Book

This is a quick review of John Parker’s book, Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot (3d ed. 2009).  If the name John Parker sounds familiar to you, it should.  He wrote what is perhaps the best novel book on running, Once a Runner.  Turns out that Mr. Parker is a pretty good coach too.  Here are the key takeaways from my quick read of this great book. Continue reading